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Arusha, Tanzania (via Hartville, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   July 30, 2017

Born in Stark County, Ohio, aka God's country. OSU 1977-81. Now living in Tanzania, East Africa. It ain't for sissies.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Kicked winning FG in 4th quarter to beat Tuslaw in 1975.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Don Taylor, PK, BGSU, 1972-75
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Alan Hornyak “The Bellaire Bomber”
  • NFL TEAM: Browns pre-1996
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: seriously?

Recent Activity

Comment 28 Nov 2019

1. Row the boat

2. Champaign Lovie

3. Tom Allen

Comment 26 Nov 2019

I also think that opening drive was a "statement" drive. 1 pass attempt, 91 yards on the ground against a defense that wasn't allowing that many in an average game. OSU ran it down their throats, used Fields' legs on several designed runs (not all his runs in that drive were scrambles), and basically told PSU that they were going to do whatever they wanted that day. PSU had that one good 75-drive, got 2 short fields for another 10 points and from then on, Day did what Urban Meyer often did - let the air out of the football - get a TD to push the lead to 2 scores, then rely on the defense, run the ball and get a few 1st downs to eat the clock. Very Meyer-esque the way OSU squeezed the life out of the opposition and the game clock like an anaconda.

Comment 26 Nov 2019

I used to own a business that provided fantasy stats for all 4 major pro sports for almost 30 years. My first fantasy football team was in 1983. I slowly walked away, 1 sport at a time, and haven't been in a fantasy league in at least 7-8 years. Don't miss it a bit.

I found that it inhibited my ability to just root for my favorites teams. I also couldn't just watch a game to enjoy it, with no real rooting interest or investment in the outcome. It is also the same reason I don't gamble on sports. In short, I was able to just be a sports fan again. I am never going back.

Now, I will say that I had a lot of success as a fantasy owner, so it was also easier to walk away when you've won a time or two or twenty.

Comment 21 Nov 2019

As my handle implies, played my HS ball in Stark County, Ohio, waaay back in the mid 70’s. Others have touched on some of the aspects of sports in general (comradery, etc.) and the physical nature of the game that is nearly unique among sports (rugby being the other). Hazing and lack of communication are the two things I look back on and laugh about - young folks today would be appalled! And rightly so. My sophomore year, the seniors were pricks and treated us like crap. Who remembers getting a “red belly”? If their equipment was below their standard or just broke, they just took ours. I was one of the few sophs. to play at all (Placekicker, PAT/KO), as our coach rarely let first year varsity guys play. During games we literally rooted against our own team, we hated the seniors that much. Our senior year, we remembered and treated the underclassmen better and the result was an overachieving team that started 7-0 before fading down the stretch.

Best player I ever faced was Bert Vaughn. Played QB for Mogadore. Recruited by Michigan State and started some games for them in 1979 & 1980. Knee injury derailed his career. He was 6’5” and had a rocket.

The older I get, the less I hate. Except Xichigan. Still hate them. Now, when I watch college football, I never root against a kid. I will root for/against a team, but never a kid. Every one of them is somebody’s son.

I went to OSU, I love OSU. I am a Buckeye for life. But I do not derive my self-worth or my happiness from the football team. It’s a game, enjoy it as such. Some folks lose perspective. I can’t say if those who haven’t played the game are better or worse than those who have when it comes to that.

Comment 19 Nov 2019

Ironically, until they started to be great under Dabo, Clemson fans topped this list. Used to work with a former walk-on at Clemson in the mid-90’s. They weren’t even good in the ACC then and he and his buddies felt their program was above Ohio State!

Comment 17 Nov 2019

Good analogy. LSU gave up 402 yards rushing to Ole Miss last night. Now Ole Miss was 14th in the nation in rushing going into the game, at 247 yds per game. But geez, you cannot beat elite teams with a defense like that. Their QB went 21-212 with 4 TDS - rushing! They averaged 9.1 per rush on 44 attempts.

Comment 17 Nov 2019

Stats are from:

Comment 17 Nov 2019

If you are basing it on only watching OSU games then 1) change the topic title - you ain’t watching college football, you are watching OSU. And 2) otherwise, there have been a ton of great games this year - this weekend alone we had OU-Baylor, 2 competitive B1G games (PSU-IU, Minn-Iowa), Tulane-Temple, Iowa St-Texas, KSU-WV. 

Comment 17 Nov 2019

Through 10 games. Defensive team stats (yds per gm, yds per play, pts per gm)

LSU 2019 - 367.8 ypg, 5.39 ypp, 23.8 ppg.

OSU 2018 - 385.0 ypg, 5.66 ypp, 22.0 ppg.

Oklahoma 2018 - 416 ypg, 5.60 ypp, 29.8 ppg.

Through 10 games. Offensive team stats.

Oklahoma 2018 - 577.1 ypg, 8.91 ypp, 49.0 ppg.

LSU 2019 - 556.0 ypg, 7.64 ypp, 47.8 ppg.

Ohio State 2018  - 527.2 ypg, 6.48 ypp, 40.6 ppg.

Watching LSU this year, they remind me a slightly better version of 2018 OSU and a noticeably better version of 2018 Oklahoma (at least on defense, their offenses are similar). 2019 Clemson is slightly below 2018 Clemson. Despite their weak schedule, they are destroying everyone lately. 2019 Clemson is pretty good, let’s not fool ourselves. 2019 OSU is significantly better than 2018 OSU, particularly on defense, and the offense, while only slightly better statistically, is more balanced.

So for me, Clemson and Ohio State are the top two teams and are in a tier by themselves. LSU is #3 in their own tier. #4 begins a third tier with a bunch of really good but flawed teams in it. Georgia, Alabama, Oregon, Utah, Penn State, Wisconsin, Xichigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Baylor, etc. Throw in Florida if you like.

I think LSU will struggle against Clemson or OSU because both have elite defenses to slow down LSU, and elite offenses to expose LSU’s defensive shortcomings. It wouldn’t surprise me if Georgia beats them in the SEC title game, not because Georgia’s elite, but because LSU might not be.

Comment 16 Nov 2019

The challenge is always to get talent in return that has more years under contract than what you are giving up. 

Comment 14 Nov 2019

I live in Tanzania and sportsurge works okay. Also, most games are on YouTube. Not talking about YouTubeTV, just plain old YouTube. Just search for “teamA teamB live” and voila! Some ask you to click on a link in the comments section. Those ones are usually a pain. However, some just take you to the game when you select them. Easy peasy. 

Comment 21 Oct 2019

I use website which has pretty much any sporting event in the world. Lots of annoying pop ups at the start, but usually ok after that.  Not the best site, but it’s an option.

Comment 09 Oct 2019

Here are the NFL regulations for jersey numbers.


Article 2

All players must wear numerals on their jerseys in accordance with Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3(c). Such numerals must be by playing position, as follows:
(a) quarterbacks, punters, and placekickers: 1-19;
(b) running backs and defensive backs: 20-49;
(d) offensive guards and tackles: 60-79;
(e) wide receivers: 10-19 and 80-89;
(f) tight ends: 80-89;

Comment 22 Sep 2019

For Xichigan to do nothing after last year’s shellacking wasn’t an option. To say IT WAS JUST ONE GAME is wrong. OSU is their rival, but also their yardstick and their Moby Dick. In their best season in years, they were measured and found wanting. Changes were needed, but it is possible that they have indeed gotten away from who they are scheme-wise and philosophically as a coaching staff.

Comment 22 Sep 2019

NCAA keeps their stats here.

Comment 02 Aug 2019

September 10, 1977. OSU 10, Miami (FL) 0.

Grew a Buckeyes fan (thanks, Dad!)

I was a Fr. and classes hadn’t even started yet. I believe it was the first meeting between the two schools. Lou Saban (“They’re killing me, Whitey! They’re killing me!”) was Miami’s head coach. - for those too young to know Lou Saban.

Comment 02 Aug 2019

September 10, 1977. OSU 10, Miami (FL) 0.

I was a Fr. and classes hadn’t even started yet. I believe it was the first meeting between the two schools. Lou Saban (“They’re killing me, Whitey! They’re killing me!”) was Miami’s head coach. - for those too young to know Lou Saban.

Comment 31 Jul 2019

#1: 2003 NC vs. Miami

#2: Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta. Dallas-Buffalo round 2. Took my dad. He was a huge Browns fan and he actually got to see Bernie Kosar play in a Super Bowl, even if it was just the final kneel down at the end.

#3. OSU-Oklahoma 1977. Damn you, Ewe.

Comment 30 Jul 2019

2012. OSU Michigan. Urban’s first season. My son was just back from the Middle East (he’s career Army). I am taking him to his first OSU game (I am a terrible father, I know). We buy 2 tics from a scalper, turns out they were counterfeit. $400+ lost. But we didn’t know until we try to enter the stadium. OSU people were great. We were escorted to the ticket office and were allowed to buy 2 tix at face value. Another $200 or so, but hey. Sat up next to the sheriffs and the flagpoles atop C deck in the closed end. But he got to see us beat TTUN and finish the perfect 12-0 season.

Comment 30 Jul 2019

Been living in East Africa for 6 years now. We are 7 hrs ahead, 8 once you turn the clocks back. So those 8 pm prime time games in November start at 4 am here. Typically I will watch 1st half of the noon kickoff games, go to bed about 9:30-10:00, get a solid 6 hrs of shuteye. Haven’t missed one yet in 6 seasons. Nothing like scrambled eggs and coffee at halftime. 3:30 starts are the toughest. 11:30 pm here, ending at 3 am sometimes. Getting too old for those late nights.

Power outages are common, so I am sure my neighbors have used my name in vain a few times when I cranked up the Honda generator at 2 in the morning.